I'm having a L-5/S-1 disc fusion on September 5th. My neurosurgeon is very respected/successful in the area of the state that I live in. I also have a great deal of confidence in him. He feels that I can return to duty (I'm a career firefighter - 49 yrs old, in good physical shape - except the lower back of course)in 3 months.
While I know that this expectation isn't typical, I was wondering if it is obtainable. Another firefighter on my department had a L-4/L-5 L-5/S-1 fusion and he was out walking 5 miles a day within 2 weeks of the surgery and he's feeling great.
I've been off duty for 6 months at this point, and I'm chomping at the bit to get back to work. Thanks in advance for your responses.